What is the Substantive Examination of Patent Application in EPO/Europe

Applicants then have the time limit of 6 months to decide whether to pursue his application further by filing request for Examination.

Even when the applicant has filed request for examination, the applicant is invited to confirm whether he wishes to proceed with Examination of his patent application.

Substantive Examination is carried out by an Examining division to assess the patentability of the invention to ascertain whether it meets the requirements of European Patent Convention or not.

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